Written on December 6, 2013 at 2:10 am, by KCR Community Services
Written on December 5, 2013 at 9:45 am, by KCR
The Gathering Place – Dinner Planning Meeting
Date: Monday, December 9th, 2013
Time: 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Location: School District 23 Educational Services Building, 1040 Hollywood Road, Kelowna
Description: Kelowna Community Resources (KCR) is excited to be opening The Gathering Place, a safe place to talk about diversity in our community!
Our conversations and events will focus on:
- Discovering solutions for addressing racism and supporting multiculturalism.
- Exploring unique ways to support welcoming and inclusive communities.
- Meeting new people and engaging in meaningful conversations.
- Hearing from the community about what they would like from our multicultural centre
Dinner will be served. We would very much appreciate it if you would forward this invitation to your networks as we would love to have as many members of the community involved as possible. If you are interested in attending I would greatly appreciate your RSVP so that we can plan for dinner. If you are unable to attend but would like to submit your feedback please email us at ac.rcknull@ecalpgnirehtag and we will send you a survey to complete.
Come and celebrate our community’s diversity at The Gathering Place, opening in early January 2014. For further information please contact Katelin Mitchell, Immigrant Services Manager, KCR at ac.rcknull@niletaK or 250.763.8008 ext 30.
Written on November 29, 2013 at 10:05 am, by Dawn Wilkinson
It is less than one month until Christmas. I confess that our tree is up, our house is decorated and our extended family is coming for turkey dinner on Saturday.
I heard you groan . . . but wait a minute.
There are Trees of Memories, Christmas tree lights ups and Twinkle Tours.
You can ride the Santa Sleight Bus, visit Santa’s Craft Shop, have Breakfast with Santa and then wear off calories at the Skate with Santa or Santa Shuffle Fun Run.
You can be a Santa to Seniors, Be An Angel or Fill the Van for Sally Ann.
Buy your gifts at the Babes, Baubles and Bevies or one of the craft fairs and bazaars.
Take in a play or concert. You can choose from A Christmas Carol, ‘Spacenapped Santa, Voices from Vaudeville, The Nutcracker, Celebration Singers, Christmas Choir Concert or Messiah Christmas Special.
The Kelowna Library offers Free Movie Matinee, Free Movie Night and, you got it, Free Christmas Story Time and Craft.
There is the Living Nativity and the Kelowna Nativity Exhibit.
Shop with your children or grandchildren and buy wish list items like socks, towels, gloves, children’s toys, wrapped candy, craft supplies, gift certificates, shampoo or lip balm to the agencies listed.
Expand your vision to sponsoring a family.
You might pick a single mom with a baby girl or working parents with 11 and 13 year old sons. Each person in that family has a ‘wish list’ to keep your shopping focused.
Written on November 22, 2013 at 2:51 pm, by KCR Immigrant Services
It also makes the perfect gift for family, friends & colleagues!
KCR is selling Multi-faith Calendars for $20.00 including GST and all profits are going to the United Way.
To place your order please contact Charesa Bach at ac.rcknull@aserahc or call 250.763.8008. You can also stop by our office at #120 – 1735 Dolphin Avenue.
There are a limited number of copies so get yours today.
Written on November 22, 2013 at 1:39 pm, by KCR Immigrant Services
Diversity & Inclusion Initiative Safe Harbour: Respect for All Celebrates Successful Year with Champions’ Breakfast
On November 19th diversity champions from across BC gathered in Vancouver for the fifth annual Safe Harbour: Respect for All Champions’ Breakfast. Every year, an outstanding Safe Harbour location as well as an outstanding non-profit Community Organizer are recognized for their exemplary diversity leadership in BC. These champions are being celebrated for their promotion of inclusive spaces where all diverse members of our communities can be assured that they will be treated equitably. This year’s breakfast coincided with Multiculturalism Week 2013.
In the Safe Harbour Location Champion category, the James Bay New Horizons Senior Centre in Victoria was selected for recognition as Champion. Our very own Kelowna-based Okanagan Textbook Exchange was awarded the Special Recognition in this category. As a small business, the Awards Committee felt that this location deserved special recognition as their efforts show that you don’t have to be big to make a difference. Change can and does occur one person at a time.
Safe Harbour: Respect for All offers a multitude of resources: interactive workshops, networking opportunities and resources for storefront business, agencies, institutions and municipalities, focused on strengthening their communities to diversity and building more inclusive communities. Safe Harbour certified locations follow these three simple commitments:
- Equitable treatment for all: Welcoming all clients and/or customers in a respectful manner. If a concern is expressed regarding a lack of respectful treatment, employers and staff take steps to address it.
- An immediate safe space: Providing an immediate safe space for someone experiencing discrimination in or near the worksite which may include a place to sit, a glass of water, a phone to use, and access to a list of resources.
- Prepared employees and worksites: Preparing all staff to implement these commitments. Safe Harbour locations are setting the tone for a welcoming community – join the growing movement for diversity across BC!
Safe Harbour’s two-hour certification workshops are tailored to the local needs of the community. Community-based diversity facilitators explore real-life scenarios and provide managers and staff with practical strategies for addressing discrimination and creating inclusive environments. Participants who complete the workshops are invited to become certified locations and to display the colourful Respect for All decal on their front window.
The Safe Harbour: Respect for All program is made possible through funding by EmbraceBC with the Ministry of International Trade and Responsible for Asia Pacific Strategy & Multiculturalism. The title sponsor of the Champions’ Breakfast was Vancity and gift baskets were donated by Canada Safeway.
Over 40 businesses and agencies are certified in the Safe Harbour: Respect for All program in the Okanagan. To participate in the program, please visit: www.safeharbour.ca, or contact your local Safe Harbour community organizer for Thompson Okanagan: Kelowna Community Resources at 250.763.8008.
Written on November 14, 2013 at 3:48 pm, by KCR Employment Services
The next Urban Older Worker Program (UOWP) session at KCR starts on Monday, January 6th.
UOWP information meetings have been scheduled for these dates in November & December:
Thursday, November 21st, 1:00pm – 3:30pm Thursday, November 28th, 10:00am – 11:30am Tuesday, December 3rd, 10:00am – 11:30am
- Thursday, December 5th, 10:00am – 11:30am
- Thursday, December 12th, 1:30pm – 3:00pm
- Tuesday, December 17th, 10:00am – 11:30am
Anyone interested in attending the next course can contact Luc at 250.763.8008 x22, or email ac.rcknull@cul.
Written on November 8, 2013 at 10:00 am, by KCR
Written on November 8, 2013 at 9:43 am, by Dawn Wilkinson
I went to get my hair cut on Saturday. The hair stylist and I were chatting about Halloween being over and Christmas on its way.
Tanya startled me by saying, “We should wait until after Remembrance Day to decorate for Christmas.”
Wow. The importance of respect, of honour, of remembrance . . .
On my way home, I stopped at the grocery store and what did I see? People selling poppies.
Here is another example of committed volunteers reminding us about the important things in life. Their role is in fact part of our Canadian culture.
The Veterans Affairs Canada website tells us that the first Remembrance Day was held in 1919 to commemorate the end of World War 1 on Monday, November 11, 1918 at 11:00 am.
That is where the phrase ‘the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month’ originated.
At first it was called Armistice Day and it was celebrated on the same day as Thanksgiving between 1923 and 1931. Poppies and turkey dinners shared the Monday of the week in which November 11th fell. – I didn’t know that.
All that changed in 1931 when Parliament passed a bill declaring Remembrance Day to be observed on November 11th and Thanksgiving Day was given its own day of October 12th.
The poppy has become the symbol of Remembrance Day, a symbol of unity for people around the world to reflect on the sacrifices of those who died in battle for freedom.
When you see volunteers selling poppies, they are part of a national campaign raising over $14 million that is held in trust and goes towards Veterans and their dependents according to clearly defined criteria.
You can find out more about our local Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 26 at www.kcr.ca, Community Information Search Central Okanagan.